Wimbledon Wrap – Blogger Nicholas McCarvel

After two weeks of twists and turns, there was one final chapter to be written in the wacky Wimbledon that was for 2013.

But with Marion Bartoli writing her own fairy-tale finish to close The Championships, the  Wimbledon champion will be at the New Haven Open this August. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman, a tour veteran, launches herself to No.7 in the world and will look to follow up her magical run at the All England Club with a strong showing in the Emirates Airline U.S. Open Series leading into 2013’s final Grand Slam.


No one could have guessed that Bartoli would be the one hoisting the Venus Rosewater Dish on the second Saturday of the tournament, even after the top favorites crashed out during week one. 2013 New Haven Open competitor Sabine Lisicki was perhaps the de facto player to beat after her stunning upset of World No. 1 Serena Williams, but after she squeaked by World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in an epic semifinal, Bartoli played lights-out tennis in the final to grab ahold of her first Grand Slam in 47 attempts.

With the good news ringing in that Marion is the new Wimbledon champion and will bring her winning game to New Haven, I mark three can’t-miss moments from The Championships now past.


A One-and-Only Place
I could be biased as the blogger for the New Haven Open, but I think it’s safe to say: there is no place quite like Wimbledon. There is something magical and unique about the game on lawns of SW19. I adore small stadium courts, and Court 18 here is one of my favorites in the globe. It’s the famous site of John Isner’s 70-68 fifth-set win over Nicolas Mahut in 2011, and has a grandstand that sits up over it as the hill stretches towards the big screen (aka Murray Mound, Henman Hill). Overlooking the court, as well, is the broadcast roof and a standing rail for fans, making the intimate setting have a bit of an enclosed feel, as well.


They’re Humans, Too
As I have at many tournaments before, I got the chance to work with players on a one-on-one basis while at Wimbledon this year. As they almost always do, they showed what down-to-earth, relaxed human beings they are; in other words, just like us. Angelique Kerber, who will play at the New Haven Open this year, was relaxed and chatty when we did a Q&A outside the main interview room after her first win (we’ll post that later this summer). Andy Murray was unguarded and humorous when we did a video for the Wimbledon website. And Petra Kvitova, the defending New Haven champion, obliged when I asked her to do a short interview on the aforementioned roof garden, smiling and then walking down the stairs with me to the press centre, “That’s it?” She asked.


Here Come the Stars
Angelique and Petra are just two of the players that will be descending on New Haven come late August. Sara Errani and Caroline Wozniacki will be there, as well. We will see Marion, of course, whose charm and personality overflowed following her win on Centre Court. “But just to finish on an ace to win Wimbledon and you saw the chalk come out of the line. Just, I mean, I could have seen it in slow motion. I could see the ball landing, the chalk come out, it’s an ace, and I just win Wimbledon. You can’t describe that kind of feeling.” Did someone say fairytale? And Taylor Townsend, a 17-year-old American phenom who led kids of New Haven in a Free Tennis Lesson earlier this summer, was another Wimbledon name worth mentioning. The serve-and-volley expert (yes, you read that right) made her way all the way to the final of the junior event, losing in three tight sets to Belinda Bencic.

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